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Matchlock Powder Pan 1451

44PG302/EU1041-28 Matchlock Powder Pan 1451
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Matchlock Pan (early 17th-century): A major feature of the matchlock firing mechanism is the priming pan which was welded to the barrel or the lockplate and had to be opened manually by the operator to reveal the powder.  The Jacob de Gheyn engraving used for the Musketeer image shows the pan in the open position similar to this example, which was recovered from Jordan’s Journey near Hopewell in Prince George County.

Updated April 11, 2018